Infometrics May newsletter
Canterbury: it’s busy but slowing
Although the Crusaders are leaving everybody in their wake in Super Rugby, unfortunately the Canterbury economy isn’t matching those standards. Our provisional estimate is that the region’s GDP growth rate in the year to March 2017 was 0.9%, the lowest figure for five years. In fact, Canterbury is now at the bottom of the GDP growth league for all regions across New Zealand – lagging behind next-lowest Southland (1.0%) and table-topping Tasman (4.1%).
A day in the life of an economist – Kelvin Davidson
Having recently worked both in London and for Canterbury Development Corporation, Kelvin has extensive experience of property market analysis, both residential and commercial, and from an investment and development perspective. He has a thorough understanding of the issues and constraints faced by regional policy and decision makers.
Government supported electric car sales could exceed 470,000 by 2030?
When’s a lolly scramble not a lolly scramble? When Mr Joyce says so
Steven Joyce’s first budget – and National’s ninth since it took up the government benches in late 2008 – set the tone for the election campaign to come, maintaining a rosy outlook for New Zealand. Although the Minister of Finance refuses to call it a “lolly scramble”, it is undeniable that New Zealand’s solid economic growth performance has left the government with the ability to start writing bigger cheques, announcing increased spending across a range of areas.